HOME care company, Home Instead Senior Care Altrincham and Sale, is working with the fire service to ensure its clients are aware of fire risks.

The firm now be able to refer clients to Greater Manchester Fire AND Rescue Service’s (GMFRS) ‘Safe & Well’ service, having recently attended a training session with Andy Pownall, community safety manager, from the fire service (GMFRS).

The ‘Safe & Well’ service sees GMFRS staff look to reduce risks, make positive interventions, or direct people to partner agencies in order to improve people’s health, well-being and fire safety.

Those most likely to suffer with health issues are also those at highest risk of fires and they tend to be vulnerable people.

They aim to visit up to 60,000 homes per year.

Alan Savage, owner of Home Instead said: “We really enjoyed our training session with Andy from GMFRS. The ‘Safe & Well’ Service focuses on informing vulnerable elderly people with important and practical advice on home safety issues.

"This includes fire safety, including the fitting of smoke detectors, but also on home security and wellbeing.”

Home Instead Senior Care is an award winning national company. Their service is tailored to the needs of individual clients and ranges from companionship, meal preparation, light housekeeping, post-discharge care, personal care, medication reminders, shopping and errands.

The service is totally flexible to meet client needs and is available from as little as 1 hour to 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

If anyone wishes to directly contact the GMFRS service for a Safe & Well visit or because they want to become a Community Wellbeing Service volunteer, then call 0800 555 815.